Skyrim is 5th series of the epic saga known as The Elder Scrolls. Famous for the first person shooter and open-world view, Skyrim continues the Role Playing genre retaining all the favorite aspects of Morrowind and Oblivion while introducing a bunch of new features.
New classes, new guilds, new civilizations, new state-of-the-art graphics and...
wait for it...
Follow my step-by-step guide on installing, configuring and optimizing Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim in Linux with PlayOnLinux.
Note: This guide applies to the Steam version of Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Tips & Specs:
Try SteamPlay before using this guide as Valve now uses a fork of Wine called Proton and should run most Windows games.
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Mint 17 64-bit
Note: Wine versions older than 2.0.2 and 2.12-staging no longer work with Steam.
Select "Manage Wine Versions"
Look for the Wine Version: 1.7.49-staging
Click the arrow pointing to the right
Wine 1.7.49-staging is installed and you can close this window
Click "Install a non-listed program"
Select "Install a program in a new virtual drive"
Name your virtual drive: skyrim
Check all three options:
- Use another version of Wine
- Configure Wine
- Install some libraries
Select Wine 1.7.49-staging
Select "32 bits windows installation"
Windows Version: Windows 7
Click "Automatically capture the mouse in full-screen windows"
Check "Emulate a virtual desktop"
Desktop size: 1024x768
PlayOnLinux Packages (Libraries, Components, DLL's)
Check the following:
Note: All packages will automatically download and install
Navigate to your desktop
Check "I accept the license..."
dwrite isn't enabled yet, so there won't be any fonts
Click The "X" and close Steam
Name your shortcut: Skyrim
Select "I don't want to make another shortcut"
Back to PlayOnLinux
Wine version: 1.7.49-staging
Arguments: -no-dwrite -no-cef-sandbox
This fixes the missing font and store problem
Note: -no-dwrite will allow the fonts in Steam
Video memory size: Enter the amount of memory your video card/chip uses
Note: Click Debug to see errors and bugs
Login to Steam
Select Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Skyrim is about 6 Gigs
When its finish downloading...
Detecting Video Hardware
Graphics Adapter and Resolution
- Graphics Adapter
- Aspect Ratio
- Anisotropic Filtering
- Texture Quality
- Radial Blur Quality
- Shadow Detail
- Decal Quantity
- Water Reflections
Advanced View Distance
- Object Fade
- Actor Fade
- Grass Fade
- Specularity Fade
- Light Fade
- Item Fade
- Distand Object Detail
- Object Detail Fade
Rule of Thumb
High settings = More detail, lower frame rates
Low settings = Less detail, higher frame rates
Skyrim ran beautifully on my GeForce 550 Ti with everything set on High or Ultra. Wine 1.7.49-staging does a great job and I didn't have too many issue:
Tree animation was not smooth and the shadows moved irregularly
Can not see underwater (underwater view can be disabled in the .ini files)